Chennai City Football Club have parted ways with Afghan International Haroon Amiri because of recent controversy regarding his behavior.
Amiri had been in a good-run of form giving a good string of performances before the controversy arose. He was a key member of the squad and replacing him will be a big challenge now given only five matches are left to be played in the league. Any player arriving into the new set-up will take his time to acclimatize.
The Press Release by the Chennai outfit stated that the decision was taken with mutual consent and thanked Amiri for his services for the club. The club also wished him best fortunes in his future endeavor.
The story behind Amiri removal
The controversy had arisen when CCFC coach V. Soundarajan blamed Amiri of declining to come on as a second half substitute. “Amiri had a good game in the recent 1-1 draw with DSK Shivajians,” said Soundararajan. “My plan was to bring him on in the second half. Raegan, unfortunately, wasn’t playing well, so I asked him to warm-up. It seemed as though he had wanted to be in the starting eleven as he refused to come on as a substitute,” he continued.
“Amiri has been in fine form; he even scored in the Shivajians game. His coming on would have been helpful for us. He’s an experienced player, who works hard and is highly spirited. I had to change my strategy because of Amiri’s decision to remain on the bench. I have nothing against Amiri and I’m okay with his decision,” said the Madurai-born coach.
“He warmed up during the half-time break. I don’t know what was going on in his mind when he made his mind up not to be used as a substitute. Amiri didn’t talk with the players. He was feeling bad in the end. He didn’t understand why I wanted to bring him on a second-half substitute. I didn’t expect that from Amiri; he should have listened to the coach like every good player does. I’ll talk to him personally; we’ll look to solve the problem as soon as possible,” Soundarajan further added.
On the other hand, Amiri denied the turn of events and called the accusations made against him to be false. He tweeted to express his sorrow on leaving the club which he “loved” according to the tweet.
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With Heavy heart I leave a good club, lovely city and great fans all because of an unprofessional and useless coach. pic.twitter.com/TobbojzA03
— Zohib Islam Amiri (@ZohibIslamAmiri) March 9, 2017
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The developments have raised big question mark over the ability of local coaches to be in good terms with foreigners. With only five matches remaining in the season, Chennai would look to focus on the targets with current squad on their exposure and try to avoid relegation.
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